Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

So, South Africa votes – Stupidly!

Well, i guess this is the time I must add “in my opinion”…right? Or “the general opinioin”..? Well, fact is fact – it is stupid, though to the defence I may point out they really didn’t have that much of an option.

 

Zuma vs Zapiro - remember the days..

Zuma vs Zapiro - remember the days..

Oh well, I know I’ll probably get a lot of lip for this, but somebody has to say it –  and I aint the only one.  Cries have been on for change in the “Rainbow Nation” for a while, with many complaining about especially the controversial “housing scheme”, which hit major heights in Port Elizabeth after so much money was made available and nothing came from it.  SO the general ideas was that people would be fed up – with the RULING PARTY, not Thabo Mbeki.  Yes understandable there is a new man in charge, but how many would bet their lives on Zuma producing better results than the once repectable Thabo Mbeki (yes I may think he is better than Zuma, but that dont make him a Saint does it – reminds me of the Nelson Madela, Chris Hani saga! YES I SAID IT!).  Seems though all people wanted was movement of power from the Xhosa’s to the Zulu’s – irregardless of credentials.  However, all that said though – the options available weren’t the best I must ass.  The opposition was basically fighting amongst themselves, already submitted to the notion they will lose, and I bet that rubbed off onto any possible neutrals, and no one want a leader lacking in confidence.

Zapiro at it again

Zapiro at it again

Oh well…we do have to move on right.  So ANC has won again. Some change in that they couldn’t achieve the 2/3 majority needed to change the constitution, but we all know in Africa where there is a will, there is a way..and true democracy – well, I’m yet to see a natioin where true democracy exists. Yes that includes you America!  So what if a black man won –  democracy is a dream that will never be realised so long as money make the world go round.

Anyway, good luck to the people of South Africa and hope they made the right choice – no pun intended.  Seriously though – the last thing we want to hear is another nation screaming foul smell after jumping into a pit latrine.  It’s time to deal with the consequences, who knows though – amybe this may be a blesing in disguise.  Some are keen to say do not judge a book by it’s cover – well, we on chapter 7 and this book screams nothing but bullocks.

2seconds and 3o minutes later – i may be forced to swallow my words….

timbo!!

South Africa Votes – IT Alternatives

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The moment most of Africa, and i must say the world been looking forward to.  One can be forgiven for thinking this was 1994 all over again – South Africans take to the polls, amidst questions, doubts and fear over the favorite and possibly next president – Jacob Zuma.

It has been a rollercoaster time for the vaguely rich nation, with possibly the best candidate for presidency in the country, Thabo Mbeki, being ousted from his post, resign he did but he was forced.  Prominent members of the ANC quit, a new party (Cope) was established and there has been real competition for once in the polls and majority usually held by the ANC is undewr threat.  One can only imagine the consequencies had Cope been able to field a properly qualified and competent candidate for presidency.

Large turnout

Large turnout

So voter turn out was large, people had their say, and early signs are Jacob Zuma will be the next president.  Yes with the rape allegations and corruption charges still not letting their threshold on the feared man.

Eastern Cape Province, Cope official Gerlad Yona was shot and died after attacked at his home, yet you do not see this making much headlines.  It’s almost as if it is “currently” being treated as trivial, with most, if not every, report on the case just stating a few paragraphs and ending on how Cope had injected excitement, shortage of ballot papers and peaceful votes.  So much for transparency – are these the first signs of a Zima led governement. YES I SAID IT!!  It’s rather sad though. But then again, they say we cannot pass judgement as he has not had his chance, and every new president can be termed a risk (unless of course you’re the saviour of nations Obama lol…smh), so we wait – question though is – Is this a risk worth taking.

On a lighter note – after my usual daily blog exploring – “here are some IT alternatives for people who are never too drunk to fish and still think a seven course meal is a hedgehog in clay with a six-pack.” (from Dr Farquar )

<the blog is not for the easily offended – but quite hilarious if you aint too shallow and have a bit of metaphor understanding and are well read – general knowledge – else some jokes just wont make sense to you.>

Backup – What you do when you run across a skunk in the woods.
Bug – The reason you give for calling in sick.
Byte – What your pitbull done to cousin Jethro.
Chip – Pasture muffins that you try not to step in.
Terminal – Time to call the undertaker.
Crash – When you go to Junior’s party uninvited.
Digital – The art of counting on your fingers.
Diskette – Female Disco dancer.
Fax – What you lie about to the Inland Revenue.
Hacker – Uncle Leroy after 32 years of smoking.
Hardcopy – Picture looked at when selecting tattoos.
Internet – Where cafeteria workers put their hair.
Keyboard -For your car-keys at the police station when arrested for Drink Driving.
Mac – Big Bubba’s favourite fast food.
Megahertz – How your head feels after 17 beers.
Modem – What you do when the grass gets too high.
Mouse Pad – Where Mickey and Minnie live.
Network – Scooping up a big fish before it breaks the line.
ROM – Where the Pope lives.
Screen – Keeps mosquitoes off the porch.
Serial Port – A red wine you drink with breakfast.
Superconductor – Stagecoach’s Employee of the year.
SCSI (pronounced scuzzi) – What you find inside your week-old underwear.

HA HA – all is well that ends well.  Good Luck South Africa.

2seconds 30minutes later….
timbo!

North Kores’s Kim, China vs US, South Africa

To follow up an earlier post, North Korea’s Kim has finally appeared in public.  Or so we’re told.  Apparently he was present at some football game at some university blah blah blah…Well, its good to see some leader with a bit o character in existence still, those who dont just bow down to George Bush.  Yasser’s gone, they took Sadam – the whole antichrist conspiracy anyone?

And China cancelling their affiliations with the United States.  Protests over the U.S. supplying weapons worth US$6.5bn to Taiwan, seeing as China still considers Taiwan their territory and their opposition to the US military assistance to Taiwan.  Medling, medling and some more medling from the Bush regime.  Well he gon be gone soon anyhoo, but what a comic this dude been innit.  Gave us all a bit to laugh and cry about. And be sad about as well.

And back home in Africa the politics merry go round keeps going.  Tale a look at the South African situation.  The “loud mouth” “i have an opinion on everyhting” and somehow influential Nobel Price laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu goes on to say if elections were held tomorrow he wouldnt vote beacuse of the split and troubles in the ANC party. Some stance huh.  Is South Africa a one party state? Or are the other parties so insignificant that ANC internal elcetions are more important and hold more weight than the general presidential elections.  How about voting for the opposition? Oh, they’re White. And they say racism aint alive? smh

till next time
timbo!

Light at the end of the tunnel

So Robbie Keane is off the mark for Liverpool. Well, i have a feeling this is the first of many in a promising season for liverpool, and we’ll be singing happy songs at the end of it all – there is light at the end of the tunnel for sure…

dont know about teh US though.  the contoversy continues with – the hustles continue, and we have to wait and see the effect of US$700billion – whether approved or not…

light at the end of the tunnel for Zimbabwe? Well, with increasing aid and the deal being reached, its promising. As for neighbours South Africa? Well well – now thats something else.  Personally i dont see the light, after sacking Mr Mbeki, and with Jacob Zuma “destined” to take over – it may be another depression unravelling.  or am i just being negative???

Palin vs Biden debate in the States? Well, a little light for the repugnicans, question is can they reach the end of the tunnel where the kight is.  the lady is know to be a good debator, but question is will she come to party when called upon. Dunno about Biden – we wait to see Obama’s reasoning-plagiarising – anyone remember the scandal that sent him into hiding for a bit?

So there is light at the end of a freaking long tunnel if you look at it from an unbiased poin of view and taking into account all parties involved.  Just keep on keeping on.

Priscilla – thisz for ya – keep on keepin on ayt.

timbo!

Thabo Mbeki out – Kgalema Motlanthe in

Well its been a hectic few days innit.  here we have thabo Mbeki being sacked (yea he resigned but thats how top brass is sacked), something i think is the biggest mistake ever.  the stability brought on by the “Xhosa Regime” of mandela and Mbeki is something to be reminiscent of in the near future.  They managed to put South africa on the map., and i must say the mood is sombre as people arew trying to come to terms with it all.  And they say jacob Zuma had nothing to do with it. RIGHT>>!!!!

Was listening to him go on as he announced his resignation, calling for Africa to Unite (well have to wait and see) and how sad he was blah blah blah blah..Yea it was a brilliant speech, but kinda expected as he denied any wrong doing and saying he quitting for the good of the ANC. RIGHT>>!!!!

So the new president is sworn in, no experience, and after the resignations of some Ministers, we’ll have to wait and see who he brings back on board and who is replaced.  Tricky situation, considering how (Finance Minister) Trevor Manuel’s initial resignation led to a drop in the rand value. Tough times these must be innit. lets see what these folk can do.

Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma - The men taking over!

Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma - The men taking over!

So Kgalema Motlanthe is the new South African President, but for how long? Will Jacob Zuma let him stand for elections when the time comes in a few months time, or is he just a “for now” emergency replacement?  So many questions, doubts, worries, this is bound to have some negative impact on the thriving (or once??) economy.  They could have delt with their matters internally, let Thabo finish his term, instead of making such pathetic decisions and leaving many wondering if the “New ANC” is something to favour…..

Anyhoo, these just my own personal opinons, am sure many will see differently, especiall Zulu’s and Zuma supporters.  Well, lets not put someone in power just because he from where we from, but because they are competent enough innit.  Imagine where Zimbabwe would be right now if they hadnt killed Tongogara and he had taken over.  I’m just saying – (to quote Andy Griffin) “THINK. IT’S NOT ILLEGAL YET”

till next post

timbo!!